Mayor-elect Tom Arthur has appointed Joseph Trout to serve as city attorney. Trout is a graduate of Staunton High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Management Minor from Indiana State University. Trout went on to receive his law degree from Indiana University in 1983.
Trout has an extensive background in general practice of law, including contract law, prosecutions of laws and ordinances, and extensive trial experience involving both court trials and jury trials. Furthermore, drawing upon the resources of his colleagues from Wagner, Crawford, Gambill, and Trout, he believes he has the necessary tools and resources to assist in the areas of loans and grants involving the Department of Commerce. Trout's firm is involved in a multi-million dollar water project involving Rural Development and the Sullivan-Vigo Rural Water Corporation, which will provide a public water source for residents of Southern Vigo County and Northern Sullivan County. Trout feels the transition into municipal law will be easy. Currently, his partner has been a town attorney for 20 years.
Trout has lived in Clay County for 42 years and is the grandson of a former Clay County Council Member Virgil Trout.
Trout has been married to his wife, Nancy for 24 years. The couple has three children: Joshua, Katie and Tyler. Nancy is a pre-school teacher in Clay County, Josh and Katie both attend Indiana State University, Tyler is a student at Staunton Elementary School.
"I, like Mayor-elect Arthur, am very much interested in providing good government and improving the quality of lives for our citizens," Trout said in a prepared statement. "I have been engaged in the practice of law for over 20 years and I believe I have the necessary energy, commitment and legal skills to provide our city with competent, efficient, legal representation."
Arthur said, "Joe is an active member of this community. I am very excited about what Joe will bring to the table."
Trout will replace the current city attorney, Eric Wyndham.
The mayor-elect plans to release other appointments this week.
Arthur takes office Jan. 1.